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The Cricket Window Opens For Business On Central

on October 7, 2019 - 1:00pm
Rachel Hensen, owner of The Cricket, 1247 Central Ave., upstairs from the Karen Wray Gallery and the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rachel Hensen has been involved in the antique business in one way or another all her life. She said she remembers her and her siblings attending antique auctions with her mother and grandparents. Later, she paid for college by selling antiques online. Now, Hensen has taken it one step further by opening her own store, The Cricket Window.

The Cricket Window, 1247 Central Ave., Suite 213, is located above the Karen Wray Gallery and Los Alamos Daily Post. The business has been open for two weeks. Its name was inspired by a memory Hensen has of her children. While living in Virginia, Hensen said she would drive her two children, Ava and Riley, past an old building and they would point out its “cricket window.” Her children’s term for “crooked window” became the name of Hensen’s new business.

The store is treasure trove of antiques and artisan home décor goods. Everything from the area floor rugs to a wall of throw pillows is colored in serene shades of peaches, yellows, pinks and grays. The appeal of the store goes beyond just its inventory’s appearance; Hensen said the majority of what she offers in her store is eco-friendly. Items are either made from natural materials or they are reusable items.

Hensen said she has an appreciation for vintage goods and will scour estate and yard sales as well as work with dealers to pick up antiques. Her biggest interest is in mid-century items or things from the 1950s and 1960s. 

Hensen said being conscious of the environment is something she has done for a long time. In college, she earned a degree in geology.

“I learned how important it is to take care of the environment,” she said.  “This is just me doing my part and I think the majority of the people in this town support that.”

Another one of Hensen’s big interests was to own a business.

“I’ve always wanted to own my own store,” she said.

Running her online antique business helped prepare her for owning and operating a physical store. Hensen said she learned how important it is to keep records, do the proper paperwork and establish connections.

The business is also a family affair. Hensen’s mother helps her run the store and Hensen sells one of her sisters’ hand-made soaps and hand felted animals.

Regarding working with her mother, Hensen said, “I couldn’t do it without her. Luckily her and I have the same vision of what the business should be.”

Hensen also credits her boyfriend, Corey Pappas, for helping establish the business.

“He has helped me tremendously while setting up the store and you know its true love when your boyfriend hauls three, 50+ year old jade plants up several flights of stairs for you,” she said.

Another big asset to the store has been Hensen’s landlord, Shannon C de Baca. Hensen said C de Baca has “gone above and beyond” with helping to establish the store.

“She’s been great … she’s been awesome,” Hensen said.

Hensen was born and raised in Los Alamos. She graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2002 and moved to Virginia. She returned to her hometown a year ago.

In addition to running The Cricket Window, Hensen also works at Los Alamos National Laboratory for its security investigations.

The Cricket Window is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The Cricket Window features mid-century modern antiques and home decor made from environmentally sustainable materials. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A scene from The Cricket Window. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


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